Meadowlark with a Tasty Treat

I was walking the trails at Sunnymede Park in Fort Smith, Arkansas, looking for birds to photograph. I spotted this Eastern Meadowlark on the ground on the other side of a chain link fence. I decided to photograph this bird through the fence, since it had a meal in its beak. As you can see in my photo, I think the photo turned out good even if it was shot through a fence. I’m not sure what the Meadowlark has in its beak, but it looks like a caterpillar and a small butterfly or moth.

Meadowlark with a Tasty Treat
Meadowlark with a Tasty Treat

Eastern Meadowlarks are medium-sized with bright yellow underparts and a black “V” on their chest. They are found in open grasslands and fields throughout the eastern United States and southern Canada. Meadowlarks are known for their beautiful songs, which they often sing from fence posts or other high perches. They are also known for their habit of building their nests on the ground, often in a depression in the grass.

Meadowlarks are an important part of the ecosystem, as they help to control insect populations. They are also a popular bird with birdwatchers, as they are relatively easy to find and identify.

If you are ever lucky enough to see an Eastern Meadowlark, be sure to take a moment to appreciate its beauty and its importance to the environment.

Here are some additional facts about Eastern Meadowlarks:

  • They are about 10 inches long and weigh about 1/2 pound.
  • They have a wingspan of about 16 inches.
  • They are omnivores, eating a variety of insects, seeds, and berries.
  • They are monogamous and mate for life.
  • The female lays 4-6 eggs, which hatch after about 12 days.
  • The young birds fledge after about 14 days.
  • Eastern Meadowlarks can live for up to 10 years.

Here are some tips for photographing Eastern Meadowlarks:

  • Look for them in open grasslands and fields.
  • They are often seen singing from fence posts or other high perches.
  • They are most active in the morning and evening.
  • Be patient and quiet, as they can be easily spooked.
  • Use a telephoto lens to get close-up shots.
  • Be sure to respect their habitat and do not disturb them.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: Canon RF 800 mm F11


  • Location: Sunnymede Park, Fort Smith (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: May 14, 2023 (08:48 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11
  • Shutter speed: 1/800
  • ISO: 1250 (Auto)
  • Exposure Compensation: +0.3
  • Focal Length: 800 mm

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